5 STEM Apps for Kids in 2016

STEM makes creators, thinkers, problem solvers, doers, innovators, and inventors. Exposing kids to simple STEM ideas at an early age today sets a foundation for higher learning tomorrow. STEM apps push kids to expand their horizons, experiment, problem solve, and accept failure as a means to success.

Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or administrator, these apps are a great investment in your students’ STEM learning in the classroom and at home.

Crazy Gears

Science

Crazy Gears is a problem-solving game that gets kids thinking critically, problem solving, and exploring physics and other STEM topics. This engaging puzzle-like app asks students to construct gears to complete each level. Users will be introduced to important STEM skills that connect to tasks across disciplines. This is a really creative, highly accessible and fun option for exploring physics and engineering.

Other science apps include Monster Physics and Simple Physics.

Hopscotch: Coding for kids, a visual programming language

Technology (Coding)

Hopscotch provides a scaffolding learning for coding. This app empowers the students to experiment and create their own coding. Hopscotch teaches kids to code using simple, intuitive building blocks. Kids can create games, animations and other programs in this colorful, interactive environment.

Other coding apps include ScratchJr and LightBot.

The Robot Factory by Tinybop

Engineering

The Robot Factory by Tinybop is an exploratory app as kids build their dream bots in this beautiful robot factory. Kids who love to create, design, and experience free play can mix and match 50+ unique parts to experiment with different designs. The Robot Factory's is best for builder-types who have the patience to explore and stick to a task without a lot of reinforcement. 

Other engineering apps include Tinkerbox and Bridge Constructor.

Monster Maths

Math

Monster Math is a great iPad app that provides interactive and challenging math games to help students learn and practice core math skills that include addition, subtraction, division, times tables and basic problem solving. Unlike flash cards or simple quiz based apps, Monster Math’s core game mechanics are designed to quiz multiple skills at once and guide kids towards answers.

Check out other maths apps here.

Solar Walk™ - Planets System, Orbits, Moons & Size

Space

Explore the solar system, read details about planets, learn about space missions (and view satellite models), travel through space and time, watch movies about Earth, and get a bird's-eye view of the entire galaxy. The interactive environment allows you to zoom from one cosmic body to the next to discover facts or view a gallery of photos.

Other space apps include Professor Astro Cat's Solar system and Nasa Now.

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